Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tornado Watch

Did you know Canada.. with much of Southern Ontario under a Tornado watch for this afternoon I wanted to take a minute to share some info with you about Goderich.

Goderich is a small town in Ontario on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. It's a beautiful town known for it's sunsets, beaches, town centre and more.

As I'm sure you know the town was devastated on Sunday, August 21st when an F3 tornado touched down in the town, destroying much of the town centre - it was the strongest tornado that had hit Ontario since the Arthur, Ontario tornado of April 20, 1996. Thunderstorm warnings were in place and a tornado warning was issued for 3:48 p.m. ET — just 12 minutes before it struck. Unfortunately one person was killed: Norman Laberge, 61, of Lucknow, who was working in a salt mine when the tornado hit. There was also 37 injured people.

Premier Dalton McGuinty has announced that the Ontario government will allocate $5 million to a disaster relief fund to help Goderich rebuild.

Click here to read about efforts being made by the Red Cross in assisting families in Goderich - and please donate if you can.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info about Goderich. I think that it is important to get the info out there, as in a couple of days we won't hear about it on the news. But that still will need support, thoughts and prayers.

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  2. So sorry about the tornado that went through Goderich. Sunday was a bad weather day for the northern areas as there was a tornado in northeastern Vermont as well. I hope that this weekend's weather with Irene surging north doesn't cause any further problems for anyone.

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  3. I watched a lot of footage on this as we have family close by. so sad. I didn't realize they only had 12 min notice. Most people would have had no idea.

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  4. So - SO scary! Thanks for sharing this.

    We were under a Tornado Watch where I was and it was very scary. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to actually get hit by one!

    We ended up in our basement at 1:30AM with the kids and all and let me just say that I am counting my lucky blessings that we were so lucky!

    It gave me a good reminder about how to be prepared during this type of scenario.

    My heart goes out to all of those in Goderich.

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  5. It is heart breaking to see the destruction. My heart is with those as they clean up and rebuild.

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